Since our founding over 175 years ago as the third oldest Episcopal Church in New Orleans, Annunciation's mission is community and connection to God and one another. Annunciation is a vibrant and diverse congregation located in the Broadmoor neighborhood in New Orleans.
Annunciation does not seek to be a perfect place. We seek to be a faithful and loving community that is led by God to help one another become the people God has called each of us to be.
The Foundation of our church is Faith, Love, and Discernment.
Faith. We believe in the Triune God found in the ancient creeds and the Scriptures. We interpret and understand Scripture using tradition and reason.
Love. We are called to live out the Great Commandment affirmed by Jesus Christ and given to us by God in the words of the Torah/Old Testament: Love God and Love your neighbor.
Discernment. Our faith and love will lead us to listen patiently and pray continually to discern God’s call for our community. We will be led by the Holy Spirit.
The Pillars of our church are Worship, Learn, Serve, Welcome, and Persevere.
Worship. The most central thing we do as a Christian community is worship God. It is the first reason we exist as a community of faith: to come together with a focus on the Triune God.
Learn. We cannot take care of our community and those in need, if we do not first equip ourselves for the task before us. Transformation and conversion begin with each of us. Before we call for the world to turn to the grace of Jesus Christ and love of God, we must work on orienting our hearts in that direction and recognize our continual need for daily conversion.
Serve. We will proclaim the Gospel (the Good News) of Christ Jesus and continue to focus our outreach efforts primarily within Broadmoor, Ferret, sections of Central City, and Uptown. We seek to share the love of God with our neighbors who are hurting and seeking spiritual, mental, and physical renewal. We will share our faith, not because we seek to judge, but rather because we seek to see our neighbor restored to full connection with God and experience the overwhelming love of God we experience as individuals and as a community.
Welcome. Radical Hospitality have long been a value of Annunciation. We are committed to continue to be a very diverse Christian congregation in all ways. Our community is open to all without regard to age, ethnicity, race, skin color, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability. Radical hospitality means all the sacraments, from baptism to communion to ordination to marriage, are open to everyone, again regardless of their background or how they identify. As a hymn states, “Come just as you are…Come and hear the Spirit call.”
Persevere. St. Paul wrote to the Hebrews, “…let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us…” (Heb 12:1b NRSV) Since the aftermath following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, we have learned to bend to God’s call and persist in the face of obstacles. We seek to continue to be willing to change based on the Holy Spirit’s call on our communal life. We are determined to boldly proclaim the Good News.